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Ugandan M4A1(76)W / M1 Sherman the build
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Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 04:15 AM UTC
ok now on to the biuld I do want to say thanks to http://esotericarmour.blogspot.com/2011/09/ugandan-m4a176w-m1-sherman.html and Mandrake who runs the site for the pic that I used for this build. it is quit ironic that the last issue of boresite has a walk around of the exact vehicle that tamiya use for this model so that is a big help as well build done by David Manter on the AMPS web site (http://www.amps-armor.org/ampssite/reviews/showReview.aspx?ID=1841&Type=F) so i hope i can do this justice and as always any help is defently welcome
thanks dave


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Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 04:41 AM UTC
Looking forward to an interesting build
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Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 05:56 AM UTC
Great to see this build off to a flying start- good luck with it Dave!
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Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 06:06 AM UTC
I will definitely be watching this one with interest.

Very happy my site has inspired someone to build a model of one of the subjects.

Here is a copy of the video I used for the screen grabs, that might help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrmvwxRDZds

Regards,

Mandrake
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Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 06:32 AM UTC
Looking forward to this one...

The M4A1 in the photo has the earlier turret with the split hatch copula for the loader. Don't know if you want to find a replacement or just use the Tamiya one.

You may not know since you're a modern guy, but Tasca sells their sprues individually @ http://www.tasca-modellismo.com/english/parts-1.html

The turret you want is here: http://www.tasca-modellismo.com/seihin/parts/35019-ht.jpg

This sprue has the hatches, as well as some other bits that are likely nicer than the Tamiya pieces. http://www.tasca-modellismo.com/seihin/parts/35010-c.jpg

The prices are really cheap too. The turret is like less than $4 before shipping. The other sprue is like $6.

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Posted: Friday, March 02, 2012 - 03:02 AM UTC
thanks jess and Mandrake i quess that i'm going to if a replacement for the kit
dave
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Posted: Friday, March 02, 2012 - 06:38 PM UTC
Hey, this is a great idea for a rather uncommon subject! I really like it so far and look forward to seeing the completed model and crew.

As for the turret, if you are willing to spend a bit more, you might also consider getting it in resin from Tiger Models. I just received a replacement split loaders hatch from them and the level of detail is pretty amazing.

You would need the later 76mm turret (part number AR-0328 ) and one one of the low profile split hatches (either AR-0343 or AR-0344. You could just use the Tamiya kit part for the commander's cupola.

Unfortunately your reference photos don't clearly show which version of the split hatch is used. Most are too blurry to make out the details and the one that isn't (image #5) has the spring mounts obscured by the smoke launchers. If I had to guess, I might say it was the earlier of the two (AR-0343) since the rather prominent hatch lock knuckles don't appear to be visible...I would think they might be partially visible peeking out from behind the smoke launcher. But again, it's just a guess.

Good luck with this project whatever you decide to do. I'll be following this one.

Cheers.
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Posted: Friday, March 02, 2012 - 07:49 PM UTC
don thanks tigermodels prices are not that bad i got the turent and the low profile split hatches that you had suggested and got the 76mm late mantlet w/ dustcover as well for juset under $40 can't bet that thats for you help hope to have some pic up later this weekend
dave
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Posted: Saturday, March 03, 2012 - 02:35 AM UTC
Hi David,

im realy looking forward to this build.

Gary
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Posted: Saturday, March 03, 2012 - 03:07 AM UTC
This is a great subject, Dave!

Big guady and colorful markings along with some good opportunity for camo crew uniforms and tropical foliage on a base should make it very interesting.

I'm glad that you were able to resolve the turret issue. (That was a good catch by Jessie, BTW).

I'll be looking forward to seeing it in person at our next meeting.

Happy modeling!
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2012 - 02:44 AM UTC
hay all up date for you all had to do some work to the suspension now that is done i started to work on the back thanks for your input



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thanks dave
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Posted: Monday, March 05, 2012 - 03:44 AM UTC
Looking good. Keep it up.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - 07:15 PM UTC
hay anohter up date for you'll. I do have one question how do the mud flaps attach at the back???
thanks


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hay jess thanks
dave
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Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - 02:05 AM UTC
Dave, remember the drain holes for the splash guards.

For instance... http://data.primeportal.net/tanks/don_pics/m4a1/m4a1_02_of_82.jpg

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Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - 02:41 AM UTC
Moving right along Dave!

The rear mud flaps attach at bottom edges of the overhang on the rear hull. There is a bracket piece with bolt holes that is welded to the hull, and the fender is bolted to that. The kit part might be designed to glue to the bottom edge of the overhang. (IIRC, that's how DML does it. I assume Tamiya is similar.)

The outside edge of the mud flap is about even with the outside edge of the hull side (standard manufacture position) unless, of course, your reference shows a post-war repair or modification with different alignment.

HTH,
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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 08:31 PM UTC
thanks mike the problem is that the kit dose not have rear mud flaps so I'm going to have to build them no biggy jesse thnks man i did put the drain holes in but looking at some pic i think i nead to make them larger thanks hope to have some more pic up later this week
dave
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Posted: Friday, March 16, 2012 - 12:40 PM UTC
hay all small up date with some pic


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thanks dave
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Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 01:47 AM UTC
Alright, been a week.... what's going on over there?
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Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 03:05 AM UTC
Hi David,

Every thing is looking very nice. Nice touch on the fenders man. What type of putty is the green your useing? Well done David!

Gary
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Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 03:45 AM UTC
thay all sorry been working this week hope to get moveing next week and soom pics as well still waiting for the part from tiger. hope to get them this week ????? it would help gary i'm using Squadron Green Putty it is thined with tester glue the liquid stuff and some thiner to make a past works great mike use it
dave
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Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 04:11 AM UTC

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i'm using Squadron Green Putty it is thined with tester glue the liquid stuff and some thiner to make a past works great mike use it
dave



David,
does the putty sand well after it dries? i would like to try that method. Thanks!

Gary
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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 03:38 PM UTC
gary i have no probles sanding it the great think is that you can us it to make weld seams as well
dave
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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 03:43 PM UTC
Sweet!!! Im definatley gonna try doing a weld seam with it. Thanks David!

Gary
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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 11:20 PM UTC
hay all sorry that it been some time the last two week s have been nuts but i finley got back to the table thank god !!!!I'm still waiting on TM so untill the turent comes i'm at a stand still her are some pic for you'll


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thanks dave
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Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - 08:00 AM UTC
ok all i was thinking the other day and this is what i came up with. Israel gave Ugandan 12 of the Sherman and if you look at the video you can see that there is at least 2 diferent Sherman so you could assume that there was more then one type of Sherman variant among the 12 that receved. so going on this train of thought I'm not going to wait for TM and going to build the kits turret and if the parts from TM ever show up I will us them for another build. what do you guys think !!!!!!!
and now for a up date and pics
thanks dave


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thanks